October’s Most-Anticipated Books

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Look no further for your next read. The amount of great new books hitting shelves each month can be overwhelming so we’ve rounded up ten books coming out next month that both the NetGalley team and members can’t wait for. If you were approved for any of these books on NetGalley, you can read them directly in your NetGalley Shelf app. Don’t forget to leave a review!

Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward

Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward returns this fall with the story of an enslaved woman in pre-Civil War North Carolina. Under cover of darkness, Annis’ mother teaches her how to survive, sharing everything from foraging tips to self-defense to when to call upon spirits for guidance. When she’s sold and sent to New Orleans, these lessons are all Annis has and they serve her well as she encounters spirits along her journey.

Lilith by Nikki Marmery

Readers who can’t get enough of retellings of ancient tales will want to journey to Nikki Marmery’s Garden of Eden. Before Eve, Adam had another wife: Lilith. Unwilling to obey her husband, Lilith is banished and replaced. But she refuses to go quietly and is determined to reclaim her rightful place in Paradise. What ensues is a tour through history that introduces Lilith to Queen Jezebel, Mary Magdalene, and other women who shape her understanding of injustice.

Let Him In by William Friend

If you’re looking to get into the Halloween spirit early, pick up William Friend’s debut: a gothic psychological suspense. Alfie believes that the imaginary friend his twin girls have made is little more than a comforting coping mechanism formed in the aftermath of their mother’s death. But when the twins begin saying that their friend is going to take them away, Alfie realizes that something more sinister may be at work.

The Intern by Michele Campbell

Madison Rivera’s dream internship turns into a nightmare in this thriller. Harvard law student Madison is ecstatic to have the opportunity to work alongside Kathryn Conroy, the judge who inspired her to pursue a legal career. But when she learns that her brother was arrested and claims that Kathryn helped coerce a guilty plea out of him, Madison decides to use her close proximity to Kathryn to investigate and uncover the truth.

Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date by Ashley Herring Blake

Romance readers can return to Bright Falls next month for the third installment in Ashley Herring Blake’s series—one of our highly-anticipated queer romances of 2023! With a deadline on the horizon, romance novelist Iris Kelly needs an idea for a new book, and fast. Enter Stevie, the worst one-night stand of Iris’ life but possibly the answer to all of her writing woes. Stevie needs a fake girlfriend and Iris can’t resist playing into the beloved romance trope as a way to draw out her own creative energy.

The Scarlet Alchemist by Kylie Lee Baker

This fall Kylie Lee Baker kicks off a new YA fantasy duology set in an alternate Tang Dynasty China and packed with dangerous magic, royal scheming, and political intrigue. It’s illegal to raise the dead, but Zilan risks discovery and practices the forbidden alchemy in order to keep her family fed. Her secrets catch up with her when she’s approached by the Crown Prince, who may need her services if a rumored assassination attempt succeeds.

These Burning Stars by Bethany Jacobs

Bethany Jacobs weaves together the lives of three women in this action-packed space opera debut. Jun Ironway, hacker and occasional thief, is using all of the tools at her disposal to exact revenge on Esek, the cleric who killed her family. Meanwhile, Esek and her fellow cleric Chono are tasked with finding Jun. And looming over all of them is a ghost from their past that they don’t see coming.

Hockey Girl Loves Drama Boy by Faith Erin Hicks

Head back to school this fall with Faith Erin Hicks’ YA graphic novel. Alix’s dreams of attending hockey camp begin to slip through her fingers after a fight with a teammate results in her coach threatening to withhold a recommendation. She needs to get her anger under control and Ezra, a drama kid who seems to be the very definition of calm and collected, seems like the perfect tutor. It’s only once they begin spending time together that Alix realizes there’s so much more to Ezra than she first saw.

A Dish Best Served Hot by Natalie Caña

A prank war at the senior center reunites two exes in Natalie Caña’s latest romance. When Lola returns home to Chicago to care for her abuelo, she doesn’t expect to find him feuding with the grandfather of the man who broke her heart years ago. Lola doesn’t want to get tangled up with Saint again, but when his uncle’s company is involved in the gentrification of the neighborhood where she volunteers with LGBTQ youth, she finds a surprising ally in Saint.

Starling House by Alix E. Harrow

The Halloween season wouldn’t be complete without a spooky secret-filled house—if you’re brave enough to explore it. Starling House was once home to a reclusive author, who mysteriously disappeared over a century ago and left strange rumors in her wake. Ever since, everyone in Eden, Kentucky knows to avoid the home—everyone except Opal. At night she dreams of the house and could swear she knows its hallways like the back of her hand. When the opportunity finally presents itself, she can’t resist stepping inside.

Which October release are you most excited about?

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Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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